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"Nicola Manganello is a new breed of entrepreneur: she combines an art-school education with business experience and whip-smart instincts. Her distinctive design sense and thorough knowledge of building codes, materials, and practices form the foundation of her eponymous business—Nicola's Homes. Manganello is a real estate developer for the 21st century, one who has a long personal history in Maine and a vision for how people want to live in her beloved home."

Manganello's Mission MAINE HOME + DESIGN December/January 2008

"Old houses come with great stories," Nicola says. "Using salvaged items helps them live on a bit."

History Repeated BETTER HOMES & GARDENS November 2007

"I've always loved old houses ... especially in the evening, when the lights are on ...through the wavy glass. There's a romance to all of that. People hire us to restore homes and give them new life for today's needs. I'm in the business to make a living, but I like building houses. Actually, I love building homes."

An Interview with Nicola Manganello MAINE HOME + DESIGN January/Febebruary 2007

"... the rooms inside display Nicola's gifts for combining disaparate elements—
elegant and rustic, formal and casual, vintage and new ... 'It's a business for me, but I get to do what I love,' she says. 'I get to live in these old houses, and each is very different from the other. I'd be crazy to say I love to move, but I have been moving every couple of years and it's like starting life over each time.'"

A Fresh Spin on Vintage BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS February 2006

"Through her rich layering of colors, textures and vintage elements, [Nicola] has created beautiful, livable spaces that speak to evolution rather than decoration. They defy easy definition. They simply beckon, as if to say, Relax. You're home now."

The Interiors of Nicola Oliver PORT CITY LIFE October 2004

"... my trademark is to make new look old ...I live in a New England farmhouse, and that look guided my design.'"

Designing Within Limits PORT CITY LIFE October 2005



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